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Allen English

Allen English



 
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03/14/14 02:14 AM #1    

Cristin Wells (Hines)

3-13-2014...Allen English!  Oh, my gosh!  I'm just looking at "In Memory" for first time in a while.  I hadn't realized your passing.  I just found that Johnny Eubanks is gone and I feel a great loss there.  I realize you, Allen, wouldn't even know my name or me, by sight.  However, I remember you very well in grade school.  I'm not sure if you went all way to 12th with us; I presume so.  I never had any classes with you in Jr./High school...  Johnny E. and I talked of you in a conversation at our last Highlands Class of '64 reunion, five years ago.  I told him of a most amazing catch you made [Little League-?] in Elementary school--I think it was.  It was a line drive, down 3rd base [as I recall], ...I mean it was FAST, and I was exactly in line behind the batter in spectators bench.  Anyhow, you put your right(?) arm straight out to your side and somehow, you got lifted off the ground and spun like a log in mid air about 2 or 3 feet off the ground...with that ball in your glove.  I'm not a real sports fan, but that was THE MOST AMAZING catch I've ever in all my live seen.  And, I think! you landed on your feet!!!    I was very like a cartoon...but very real...surreal.  I laughed and gawked at the site of you spinning like that.    Also, I remember that you were a fast, fast runner...out distancing everyone...in grade school.   I was very fast - for a girl of that age, but I could never catch up with you.    I don't know what you did later in sports field at Highlands...  And my, how neat a kid you were...always!  Very spit and shine...hair always combed and button cotton shirt always neatly tucked in.  I was very impressed.  I remember your blonde/reddish hair and your ever-present characteristic freckles.  You were a quiet kid who seemed to have a mission about you...it seemed to me.  Well, perhaps your family will see this small tribute and be uplifted in your remembrance.   I do it with joy...a school mate: Cristin E. Wells Hines


10/03/14 11:47 AM #2    

Gersey Vaughn (Lammers)

I just responded to JD 's post and then learned of Allen's passing.  I have so many wonderful memories of Allen and JD.  We grew up together and went to Hot Wells Baptist church.  They were like brothers to me and am saddened and feel  such a great loss.  


10/03/14 03:21 PM #3    

Lanell Liles (Hay)

I just read the In Memory page and noticed that Allen had passed away. This saddens me, although we lost contact after graduation.  We grew up together at Hot Wells Baptist church and I have great memories of J.D. and Allen and many others in our Youth Group. 

 


10/04/14 11:45 AM #4    

Thomas Macias (Mayces)

Allen was a great friend and person.  We ran track together and started work together at HEB as sackboys.  I will never forget that smile on his face.  May the Lord be with his family and bless them always.


10/06/14 03:59 AM #5    

Jd English

Dear Christin, Gersey, Lanell and Thomas,

As we see often in HHS website comments, Highland Hills and Highlands High School were great places to have grown up in the 50’s and 60’s.   Super friends and wonderful memories. 

Thanks for remembering Allen, he was the greatest brother I could have ever wished for.  For obvious reasons everyone called Allen –  "The Good Son."   He was a great student, kind, polite, smart and an exceptional athlete.   Allen played baseball and ran track for years.  Coach Johnston and Allen had a special relationship – they were both long distance runners.   Often during our "swat’ sessions",  Coach Johnston would ask me why I couldn’t be more like Allen. 

 Christin, your description of that phenomenal catch was perfect.  Allen had catlike reflexes and he was unbelievably fast.  

Thank you all for your beautiful thoughts and comments.


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